Every time we mention Turtleboy Sports to people who have never heard of it before, they laugh. “Turtleboy? Where’d you come up with that name?” That’s a GFQ right there. Story time. When we started this blog back in late 2013 we inherited a modest group of readers. So we decided to let them decide. The Twitter handle we inherited was “@wordfromthewoo” and that was what we initially wanted to call the blog. But there was just something about it that sounded stupid.
So we put it out to the readers on Facebook. We basically said we would take the best names we heard and have a vote. That’s when someone wrote the most magical words I’ve ever heard, “Turtleboy Sports.” There would be no vote after that. It was a no-brainer really. Nothing is more Worcester than the Turtleboy statue. Nothing. Turtleboy Sports had a ring to it that no one would be able to top, so we went with it and the rest is history.
We’ve never publicly revealed the genius who came up with Turtleboy Sports until now. His name was Brian Tangney, and we’re writing this right now because he passed away on Wednesday morning after being involved in a motorcycle accident. The 25 year old Doherty High School graduate was a popular guy around town, but to us he was a legend. Without him there is no Turtleboy Sports.
Brian traveled to Haiti in January to do relief work in the impoverished island nation. His group traveled from village to village, administering basic first aid and medication – things that we take for granted in America. This woman right here lives in a remote Haitian village, miles and miles from the medical treatment that her malnourished child needed to live:
Brian put them both on his motorcycle and drove them to the closest hospital, where the baby saw a doctor and survived. Without Brian’s help the child wouldn’t be alive today.
The bottom line is that Brian Tangney is a big loss for the Turtleboy community and the world as a whole. After speaking with his family it’s been decided that the best way to show support for Brian is to donate to the Mission of Hope International, the organization that sponsored trips to Haiti like the one Brian went on. Here is the link to where you can donate. Even if you’re low on cash you can show your support by liking Mission of Hope International’s Facebook page, to see updates about the great things they’re doing over there.
The Turtleboy community pulled together for the family of Sarah Ewing, a woman that many of you had never met before. Now let’s show our support for one of our own, the man who gave Turtleboy Sports its name.